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Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination Suit for $100 Million

Riot Games Inc. has agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit for almost ten times as much as it initially expected.

The Sawtelle-based game development and publishing company announced Dec. 27 that it would pay $100 million in restitution to more than 2,300 current and former women employees who filed suit in 2018. Under the agreement, $80 million of the settlement will go to more than 1,000 full-time employees and 1,300 contractors dating back to November 2014 with the remaining $20 million going to lawyers’ fees and other costs.

Initial litigation put the payout for the class-action suit at $10 million, but in January 2020 California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a complaint alongside another from the state’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement that argued the number could be worth as much as $400 million. Prompted by the state’s findings, the class withdrew its initial amount and sought new representation to pursue a higher settlement.

In addition to bankrolling a diversity and inclusion program as another condition of the agreement, Riot also agreed to an audit of workplace investigations and a three-year, third-party analysis of gender equity in employee pay.

Todd Gilchrist
Todd Gilchrist
Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based reporter and film critic with 20+ years of experience at dozens of print and online outlets, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly and Fangoria. An obsessive soundtrack collector, sneaker aficionado and member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Todd currently lives in Silverlake, California with his amazing wife Julie, two cats Beatrix and Biscuit, and several thousand books, vinyl records and Blu-rays.

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